Cops investigate increase in Volusia car burglaries

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Car thieves no longer use tools to break into cars because people are keeping their doors unlocked, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.

Out of 21 cars that were broken into last month, 20 of them were unlocked.

"It's one group going to a specific area and doing a massive spree during one night or one specific time frame," said Capt. Lance Blanchette.

Blanchette said this group targeted the Georgetowne subdivision and Shangri-La subdivision in the middle of the night on Aug. 17.

"You would think everybody by now would know to lock their doors. You know, it's amazing, they're almost giving their stuff away it seems like," said Ed Franklin, a Shangri-La resident.

"Everything from purses, wallets, cellphones, GPS' and here's the scariest one firearms. We've had several firearms taken from unlocked vehicles," said Blanchette.

Daytona Beach police said that a firearm was stolen last month in a car theft and was used in a robbery in Flagler County.

"This problem would be dramatically cut if we could just get people to secure their vehicles, do not keep their valuables in plain sight or in the vehicle at all and their firearms," said Capt. Blanchette.

Meanwhile, Franklin told Local 6 he already locks his car at night, but said he has extra protection if and when the car thieves strike again.

"We have a Lhasa apso, she's the alarm clock and then I have my pit bull. He takes care of everything else," said Franklin.

Police did a few car break-in operations in the last weekend but did not make any arrests. They plan to do another operation in the near future.

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